Arrest Made In Decades-Old Miami Cold Case

Authorities arrested a Sweetwater man on Wednesday who they say killed a restaurant owner during a botched robbery nearly three decades ago.

An arrest report says Lucio Leon was ambushed outside his Tuyo Y Mio Restaurant at 7121 NW 35th Ave. on March 2, 1990, by several people who tried to rob him.

Police said Leon was shot multiple times but managed to return fire, shooting one of the robbers.

Leon died at the scene.

According to the arrest report, the robbers abandoned their getaway vehicle in the area of Northwest 37th Avenue and 104th Street.

Police said investigators found blood in the rear passenger compartment of the vehicle.

The evidence was submitted to the Miami-Dade Police Crime Laboratory, where the DNA was eventually matched to Alexe Nodal. 

The now-50-year-old man was arrested on a first-degree murder charge just this week. It's unclear whether detectives are close to making any more arrests.


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